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Hand Made Tiles For Personalised Decor

The existence of hand made tiles goes back a long time, and is definitely the more expensive and luxurious choice for interior design. However, as wages grow and demand grows, hand painted tiles have become harder to actually paint by hand, so instead a lot of manufacturers have moved onto printing designs onto multiple tiles, allowing them to sell the tiles in bulk at an affordable price. Apart from that, there are many other benefits as to why printing hand painted tiles is a lot better than manually painting them. That goes both for the business and the consumer. Firstly, we have the idea of demand and supply. As mentioned earlier, the demand for hand painted tiles has grown and become more available. People are liking the more traditional and authentic look that beams from paint brush strokes, so businesses have to create more.


Manually painting each tile the same pattern takes up a lot of time to produce, so smaller businesses who cannot afford to employ a lot of people would not be able to meet the demands of the customers. Manual painting is also a lot more expensive than printing. As a business you may employ someone to do the painting, so that’s a wage to supply. You also need a lot more equipment that has to be constantly updated and bought new. Whereas with printing, whilst the set up cost can be quite high, in the long run it is a lot cheaper. In turn, that makes these beautiful tiles a lot cheaper for customers.

It also definitely looks better. Whilst some may argue that hand painted tiles add authenticity and a look that won’t exist in any other home, there can still be mistakes. Remember, manually hand painting each tile is bound to have a lot of human errors in it that even the best professionals don’t notice. With printing on the other hand, an artist can design one tile pattern and re print it, making them completely identical and symmetrical every time. See, you get perfection at a lower price!


The process of printing is much better for the environment than manual hand painting. How so? Let’s break down the process.

Hand painted tiles require paint and different chemicals to make sure the tile doesn’t fade or the paint doesn’t chip off. The paints, brushes and everything in between usually comes in plastic containers, even more so if it’s being delivered from another location. So if a tile painter has to keep buying those paints, they contribute to the demand of plastic production.

Printing on the other hand, significantly reduces the need for those paints and chemicals as they are only used a fraction of the amount of manual hand painting. This eliminates the need to deliver the paint by a truck, which causes CO2 emissions, too.

On the subject of time, hand painting each order is extremely time consuming, leaving the business with no time for other pressing matters. The speed of printing means a tile painter can have more time to explore different styles and get inspired by what is around them. An inspired painter means more variety of tiles out there for you.

One thing many people find with hand painted tiles is that they fade over the years. This may come as no surprise, but it is the right of the customer to demand the best quality products for their money.

Hand painted tiles fade much quicker than printed tiles. This is mostly down to the technique. A printer has a lot more power and different ways to imprint the design so that it lasts longer. It simply means it does a better job than a human with some glazing can do.

Printing is also a lot safer for the manufacturers. Believe it or not, those chemicals used to make your tiles last are not that safe when they are still in liquid form. Breathing in such chemicals can be really bad for our health and should be avoided. The risk of getting cut on a broken tile is also a lot bigger when dealing with manual hand painting. Again, human error happens and sometimes a tile can be dropped and can smash. Although this type of work should be done with gloves on, sharp edges of a ceramic tile do have the potential to cut your hands. This can leave the person open to infection and also slow down production.

Overall, printing hand painted tiles is a step-up from traditional ways, and one that has benefited the business and the consumer. It reduces costs on both sides and makes customers happier with their finished product being done faster.

All our designs are handpicked and based on what trends are currently going on in the home interior industry and what customers like. Alongside great stock, we never let ourselves compromise on the type of service we give. When you contact us, from the initial phone call to the end result, we will make sure everything goes exactly as you want it. We are just as passionate about designing your home as you are and as professionals working in the industry for many years, we always choose the best techniques for our customers.

Compromising on quality is not in our values or traditions; that’s why we use the best equipment to create each and every single tile without fail. If you are interested in buying some hand painted tiles to give your home the finishing touches, get in touch with one of our friendly team members today. All our staff is equipped with years of experience and knowledge. We also cannot be beaten on price, but to make sure you’re in the clear, we offer a free consultation service and promise no hidden fees.

Benefits of printed hand painted tiles for small businesses

A lot of the time, the commercial benefits of printing hand painted tiles is usually spoken about in terms of a single customer buying for their home. The benefits of printing hand painted tiles stretches to small businesses too and hand painted tiles can actually influence a business in how expensive and inviting they look and the price of setting a business up.

Take a look at a scenario of a food vendor that is placed in a competitive location. Yes, product does separate you from competition, but you are bound to serve similar foods that other food vendors sell too. Looks on the other hand, can be completely unique and make for some fantastic advertising that works around the clock and doesn’t need a subscription fee.

Whether your business has a quirkier location such as a truck or van or you’re based inside a prestigious building on a busy street, ceramic tiles are an eco-friendly long-lasting marketing technique. Marketing is a powerful tool that lets your customers know what you’re about before they speak to you.

The practical use of having ceramic tiles over hot pots and open pans is quite obvious; protects your interior from permanent damage caused by hot grease and condensation. The marketing side is much more fun to talk about though.

Contacting a designer or seller of hand painted ceramic tiles can let you completely customise your small business and set it aside from competition. Reprinting a hand painted design takes a matter of hours or days depending on how many you need and it is truly a cost effective way of jazzing up the front of a business.

Let’s not forget about an office setting either! A bright hand painted ceramic splashback can work wonders in a canteen and make employees feel comfortable and relaxed. Usually something associated with the comfort of your own home, such highly customised ceramic tiles in an office means you can bring a bit of home comfort to the workplaces


Hand painted is directly correlated to wealth and status; no wonder why luxury spas and private villas go crazy with tiling and most often than not the tiles will be unique to each business to reflect their purpose and create a relaxed atmosphere. Being able to print a hand painted design over and over is a great saving money technique for a franchise that will have each location look similar.


Usually when it comes to printed ceramic tiles that are mass produced, customisation is difficult to get and most customers will find themselves sticking to trends and what’s currently the hype in interior designs. Here at Uniquetiles though we’re all about choice and freedom of expression. We will always welcome your ideas and designs and make sure they get into the hands of trusted ceramic tiles painters.

While commercial and residential, private clients have different and unique needs, we are certain there’s something that we can do for you. We have as much experience with commercial clients as we do with residential clients so don’t hesitate to contact us. As professionals with a creative streak we truly believe you cannot go wrong with hand painted tiles and whatever your needs are they can be met with this type of ceramic tile. The precision of hand painted brush strokes simply cannot be replicated by a computer and lets face it, it is much easier to talk to a human about what you want rather than try to replicate your vision in a software system.

You may also find that many designers will specialise in specific hand painted tile designs such as geometric and realism. From there stems the designs they are experts at; be it wildlife, floral, landscapes or numbers and letters. Side note, hand painted tiles are definitely the perfect way to customise your house number by having a one-off tile painted with your house number on it. Finding a designer is now easier than ever and has actually opened up a whole new profession for people that can support a family and isn’t considered a side job anymore. As wages rise, the demand for large hand painted tile pieces (ones to go at bottoms of swimming pools or even as shower designs) have gone up and tile painters are in demand more than ever. Thanks to social media, it is super easy to find someone who you feel can recreate your vision to perfection and understand your needs. Don’t be afraid to shop around and even consider looking for artists based outside your home country, especially if you’re looking for specific cultural designs.

The world of interior design is as varied as its customers and there are as many scammers as there are genuine designers and tile shops. Matching what you want with high quality can be difficult if you’re unsure where to start so we suggest you start with Uniquetiles. Compromise is simply not an option for us and you are never under any obligation to buy. We have hand selected all of our stockists so we always do our research before committing and we’d recommend you do the same. If you simply need some advice or tips on how to choose your designer then give us a line. Tell us your budget, send a few pictures of ideas and we can find the perfect match for you. If we cannot help (which we can assure you we can) we will always point you in the right direction.


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